Ignition Duo has set out to marshal a new and vital repertoire for two electric guitars via intensive collaboration with emerging composers. So far the duo has premiered eighteen pieces, eight of which are featured on their recently released, self-produced debut album ABLAZE AMIDST THE HORNS. The debut album features music written for the duo by Ryan Brown, Nick Norton, Dan VanHassel, Nick Bacchetto, Danny Clay, Nick Vasallo, Marc Evans, and Luke Taylor. ABLAZE AMIDST THE HORNS was engineered by Jack Shirley at the Atomic Garden Recording Studio in East Palo Alto, and released through Bandcamp on January 30th, 2016.
During a ten month span in 2014-2015, the duo premiered sixteen new works written for them as the result of two intensive collaborations. The first of these - Loxodroming III - yielded eight new pieces from composers at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The second, a collaboration with the San Francisco based Guerrilla Composers Guild, saw the duo take on eight new works from Bay Area composers. Ignition Duo's first commission was Ryan Brown's "Double Negative", which was premiered at the 2013 Switchboard Music Festival. The duo recently premiered Nick Vasallo's "The Doorway" at the 2016 Hot Air Music Festival and are looking forward to unveiling a massive new work by Vasallo in their upcoming 2016-2017 concert season.
Forged in 2011 by Ramon Fermin and David Gonzales, Ignition Duo has enjoyed an active presence in the San Francisco Bay Area's thriving new music scene including acclaimed performances at The Switchboard Music Festival, Hot Air Music Festival, and SF Music Day. Recent performances include an appearance at the 2016 Spoleto Festival USA. The duo has performed full length recitals at the Corwin Chair Presents Series at UC Santa Barbara, the Center for New Music in San Francisco, Seventh Avenue Performances, and the Ventura County Classical Guitar Society.